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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

3.51 | 451 ratings

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4 stars The first thing that strikes me when I listen to this, the second release from the recently revived Van Der Graaf Generator, is how strong Hugh Banton's organ playing is on this album. Well, I suppose it has to be strong, as David Jackson has once again departed, and this time not replaced, leaving the group without it's front soloist.

VDGG's music has somewhat matured, as you would expect, but there are still some thrills. Peter Hammill sounds as good as ever. His lyrics are deep, and his voice is still youthful sounding.

The album starts with an instrumental. It sounds almost like surfer rock. And it gives an impression that this album may not be as adventurous as past VDGG albums. But then Interference patterns starts. It has Banton playing layered organ lines in an almost Gentle Giant style. It's beautiful and amazing.

The other high points come toward the end of the album, with Over the Hill and (We Are) Not Here harkening back to the classic era of the band.

It may take a bit to get used to, but VDGG has produced yet another nice prog album.

3.5 stars, rounded up.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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